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Griffin Hospital Residency Program Requirements

The Board of Preventive Medicine wants trainees to be competent in a broad range of areas. In general, a resident will need at least three credits in each of the areas of epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, and health policy and administration. In order to become competent in the areas covered by the boards, there are few courses that the program requires you to take, although they may not be required by the Yale School of Public Health.

Moreover, because occupational medicine is one of the subspecialties of preventive medicine and knowledge of occupational medicine is essential to pass the Preventive medicine Board, we ordinarily require that you take at least one course and one rotation in occupational medicine. There is also a list of strongly recommended courses. We recommend those courses because they will help you learn about areas that are part of the board examinations. A list of the required and strongly recommended classes is provided below.

For all these reasons, residents will consult thoroughly with their mentor, faculty advisor at the School of Public Health (SOPH), or the program director. Because of your shortened time at SOPH, residents take as many courses as possible in the first semester. We usually recommend residents take as close to 6-7 courses as you are comfortable with. It is also important to take any course that is a prerequisite for a subsequent course you may want to take later. Therefore, you really should plan your entire SOPH program when you plan your courses for the first semester.

Required courses:

  • CDE516B: Principles of Epidemiology II (Spring Semester)
    Topics include: measures of disease frequency, association, bias, confounding, precision, and interaction. Also emphasized is the design and conduct of various epidemiological studies.

One of the following:

  • CDE 574 B: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Intervention
  • CDE 572A: Prevention Intervention: Theories, methods, and evaluation
  • Health Disparities:
    New course to be introduced
  • GHD 542B: Community Health Program Planning

One of the following:

  • Intro to Occupational and Environmental Medicine (Spring Semester)
    Addresses concepts in occupational and environmental health. Provides trips to local factories and worksites to enhance experience. Particularly helpful in preparing for the PM board examination.
  • Intro to Occupational and Environmental Medicine (Fall Semester)
    Addresses concepts in occupational and environmental health. Provides trips to local factories and worksites to enhance experience. Particularly helpful in preparing for the PM board examination.

Suggested Elective Courses:

  • CDE521A: The Epidemiology of Some Common Chronic Disease 
    Two classes each devoted to: coronary artery disease, cancer, strike, chronic obstructive lung disease, alcoholism, HIV disease, and Alzheimer's disease. The first class is taught by an expert in the disease; the second class id devoted to discussion of a major research paper in the field.
  • CDE550A: Intro to Evidence Based Health Care
  • HPA561B: Health Policy and Management
    Addresses public policies of control, reimbursement, and the organization of health services, both preventive and curative. Alternative health systems are examined.
  • CDE523B: Measurement Issues in Chronic Disease Epidemiology
    Addresses techniques for measuring exposure to etiologic factors such as diet, alcohol, tobacco, physical activity, psychological stress, and environmental/occupational exposures. Also includes instructions about outcome measurement methods for major chronic diseases.
  • CDE 517A: Developing a research protocol (fall semester)
    This course will instruct student on how to prepare NIH format grant application. Students prepare one such grant as a group.
  • EMD541: Infectious Diseases: prevention and control 
    Your preventive medicine board will have a substantial amount of questions on infectious disease and their control. It may be wise to brush up on these disease particularly the topics of Epidemiology, spread, control measures, and vaccination, and chemoprophylaxis are favorite board questions.
  • BIS540A: Fundamentals of Clinical Trials (spring semester)
    Provides an overview of design, conduct, and analysis of clinical trials. Issues include: protocol development; selection of an appropriate experimental design; methods of randomization; sample size determination; data analysis; interim monitoring and ethical issues.
  • CDE 545B: Health Disparities by Race and Sex: Epidemiology and Intervention
  • Approaches to data management and analysis (spring semester)
    Devoted to issues and instructions in data capturing, entry, checking for errors, learning SAS programming to analyze data.
  • Health Promotion HPA570B: Cost-Effectiveness Analysis and Decision Making
    Addresses concepts of decision analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis, benefit-cost analysis, resource allocation, and clinical decision making.
  • GHD541A: Community Health Program Evaluation
  • HPA 542A: Health of Women and Children
  • HPA 583A: Health Care Finance and Delivery
  • HPA 583B: Methods in Health Services Research